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Gemini II

Occurred 59 years ago

This was the second uncrewed Gemini test mission, consisting of a sub-orbital ballistic flight and reentry with the primary objectives being to demonstrate the adequacy of the spacecraft reentry module's heat protection during a maximum heating rate return, the structural integrity of the spacecraft, and the performance of spacecraft systems. Secondary objectives included obtaining test results on communications, cryogenics, fuel cell and reactant supply system, and further qualification of the launch vehicle.

Mission Type

Uncrewed Test Flight

mission duration

18 minutes, 16 seconds


Jan. 19, 1965


Jan. 19, 1965
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